Serenity (2005) movie poster

(2005) dir. Joss Whedon
viewed: 11/05/05 at Loews Metreon Theatres, SF, CA

I felt like watching something fairly mindless and action-y. It was Saturday afternoon and I had the freedom to go see whatever tickled my fancy. I made a bad decision.

This movie is awful, even by made-for-television standards, which it seemed to have a hard time to uphold. I can honestly say that I didn’t think it had a redeeming characteristic at all. It was boring, which is in many ways the worst crime that a movie can commit.

I never saw the show that this was adapted from, nor did I ever watch director Joss Whedon’s other claim to fame, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the TV series. I know of its cult standing and have often wondered about all the hubbub. If this film is any indication, it seems that the quality levels are still quite on the low side.

The whole prodcution stunk. I mean, it was low-budget, which I hold against nothing, but the script and the acting were blah and occasionally laughable. The characters were silly and unbelievable. Even the cinematography seemed cheaply produced and cheesy.

It was one of those films in which I am sitting that I get the bad feeling at the very beginning, a tip-off that this is going to be bad. And when one realizes that early on, it’s…ah forget it. I am embarrassed to have seen it.

I should have gone to see Doom or Saw II or something.

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